The Cosy Teashop in the Castle – Caroline Roberts
When Ellie Hall lands her dream job of running the little teashop in the beautiful but crumbling Claverham Castle, it’s the perfect escape from her humdrum job in the city. Life is definitely on the rise as Ellie replaces spreadsheets for scones, and continues her Nanna’s brilliant baking legacy.
When Lord Henry, the stick-in-the-mud owner, threatens to burst her baking bubble with his old-fashioned ways, Ellie wonders if she might have bitten off more than she can chew. But cupcake by cupcake she wins the locals over, including teashop stalwart, Doris, and Ellie’s showstopping bakes look set to go down in castle history!
Now all that’s missing in Ellie’s life is a slice of romance – can Joe, the brooding estate manager, be the one to put the cherry on the top of Ellie’s dream?
This is the first of two in what maybe a series called The Cosy Teashop, and I enjoyed it – sort of. Let me get my irritations out of the way first:
- Ellie gets the job with a lie
- She has no clue about running the business or managing staff
- Joe flip-flopping over Ellie; She’s sexy; no I’m her boss; I’m attracted to her; I must keep my distance
- Ellie’s paranoia over Joe the day after they have sex
- Her massive self-doubt when she doesn’t see him for any length of time : he has a job for goodness sake!
- The sex *rolls eyes*
- Her great ambition to run the cafe suddenly dwindles into the background and the romance is everything
- The fire
Normally I would have closed the book and walked away, but something kept me reading. What on earth was it? I have no clue, so answers on a postcard please…..
This is all I can come up with for continuing to read. Ellie is quite sweet, if flawed, as is Joe. The other characters are interesting, and her family is lovely. It would have been nice to have had more of them and her best friend in the story. I was engaged enough with the story to read to the end and irritations aside, quite enjoyed the story.
The author was recommended to me by a fellow romance addict, and this is the only one of her titles I have read. No disrespect to Caroline Roberts, but I wonder if this was a book she had to get out quickly? So I shall read at least one of her other titles and hopefully be able to post a more glowing review.
So. When all is said ad done, I still finished the book and was happy to do so.